Ched Evans loses first stage of rape conviction appeal

Sheffield United and footballer Ched Evans has lost the first stage of his appeal against his rape conviction, his lawyers said. The 23-year-old striker was jailed for five years in April for raping a 19-year-old woman in a hotel room.

A spokesman for law firm Brabners Chaffe Street in Manchester said they had received notification from the Court of Appeal that the judge had refused Evans' application for leave to appeal against his conviction.

Evans was found guilty of raping the woman at a hotel in North Wales last May. He admitted having sex with her, but the woman told the jury that she had no memory of the incident - and the prosecution argued that she was too drunk to consent to sexual intercourse.